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Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 19 April 1994] : Overgrazing is assessed by agricultural officers of the Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department as part of the inspection programme for the hill livestock compensatory allowances scheme. Discussions take place with farmers frequently about stocking rates ; to date no HLCAs have been withheld because of overgrazing. The operation of the overgrazing provisions of the HLCA scheme is kept under review in individual cases by the agricultural officers concerned and more generally by the Department.

Livestock Allowances

Mr. Tyler : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the budget, in real and nominal terms for Scotland in (i) 1991, (ii) 1992, (iii) 1993 and (iv) his estimate for 1994 for (a) the sheep annual premium, (b) the suckler cow premium and (c) the beef special premium.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 19 April 1994] : The table shows expenditure by financial year under the sheep annual premium, the suckler cow premium and the beef special premium schemes in nominal terms and at constant 1991-92 prices.


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£ million                                                         

                     |1991-92 |1992-93 |1993-94 |1994-95          

                     |outturn |outturn |Forecast|Estimate         

------------------------------------------------------------------

Sheep annual premium                                              

  Nominal terms      |63      |76      |110     |107              

  1991-92 prices     |63      |74      |105     |N/a              

                                                                  

Suckler cow premium                                               

  Nominal terms      |26      |29      |19      |52               

  1991-92 prices     |26      |28      |18      |N/a              

                                                                  

Beef special premium                                              

  Nominal terms      |8       |6       |16      |28               

  1991-92 prices     |8       |6       |15      |N/a              

Scottish Office Pensions Agency

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what key performance targets he has set the Scottish Office Pensions Agency for 1994-95.

Mr. Lang : I have set the Scottish Office Pensions Agency the following key targets for 1994-95, which cover important areas of service delivery and steps to improve efficiency and effectiveness. 1. To ensure that awards and transfer payments are accurate to within 1 per cent. of their value in 98 per cent. of cases, as compared with the 1993-94 target of 2 per cent. in 97 per cent. of cases.

2. To pay on time 99 per cent. of all pensions and lump sums where the target date for receipt of claims is met.

3. To make transfer payments within four weeks of members' final instructions to transfer pension rights.

4. To carry out a survey to measure customer satisfaction with administration of the national health service superannuation scheme, to analyse the results, and to produce proposals for necessary improvement.

5. To produce a "plain English" charter standard statement, by July 1994.


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6. To award a contract for development and supply of a new pensions administration information technology system by July 1994, and to reach the last key 1994-95 milestone in the implementation plan. 7. To optimise use of budgetary provision while keeping within direct running costs limits.

8. To provide policy advice which is consistent with public service pension policy and takes account of operational objectives of Scottish Office departments, within the required time scales.

Firearm and Shotgun Certificates

Sir Jerry Wiggin : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total sum received in Scotland for (a) firearm certificates and (b) shotgun certificates during 1993 or the most recent year for which figures are available.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The approximate sum received in Scotland during 1993 was £401,600 for firearm certificates and £371, 000 for shotgun certificates.

Monklands District Council

Mr. Gallie : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has received a reply to the letter he wrote to the right hon. and learned Member for Monklands, East (Mr.


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Smith) on 3 February requesting information in the right hon. and learned Member's possession which would be relevant to consideration of whether there should be a statutory inquiry into Monklands district council.

Mr. Lang : No. I have received no response to my request for such information, either to my letter of 3 February, or to my subsequent letter to the right hon. and learned Member for Monklands, East (Mr. Smith) of 8 February.

DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Business Appointments (Crown Servants)

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Crown servants in each Government Department applied through the business appointments


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system to take up an outside appointment (a) as a consultant and (b) otherwise ; how many were referred to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments ; and how many were granted in each year since 1986.

Mr. Waldegrave : The information is not all available in the form requested. Most applications are considered only by Departments. Details of those cases are not held centrally. The following tables give the total number of Crown servants in each year who made an application that was approved in consultation with the Cabinet Office. Figures are broken down by numerically significant departments. They show the numbers of applications to undertake independent consultancy and other work and, in each category, how many applications were referred to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. They also show how many applications were approved unconditionally, or were approved with conditions.


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                         Number of                                                                                                  

                         applications                                                                                               

             Consultant                                      Other                                                                  

Year        |Number of  |Total      |Referred to|Uncon      |Con        |Total      |Referred to|Uncon      |Con                    

            |applicants             |committee                                      |committee                                      

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Ministry of Defence                                                                                                                 

1986        |140        |50         |13         |36         |14         |115        |25         |74         |41                     

1987        |131        |41         |18         |26         |15         |117        |24         |71         |46                     

1988        |89         |37         |13         |19         |18         |74         |27         |31         |43                     

1989        |94         |31         |18         |18         |13         |90         |19         |31         |59                     

1990        |92         |50         |9          |30         |20         |84         |21         |59         |25                     

1991        |101        |35         |3          |26         |9          |110        |6          |96         |14                     

1992        |121        |63         |5          |49         |14         |137        |4          |110        |27                     

1993        |109        |72         |2          |46         |26         |118        |11         |80         |38                     

1994<1>     |17         |6          |1          |5          |1          |16         |2          |12         |4                      

                                                                                                                                    

Department of Environment and Transport                                                                                             

1986        |25         |0          |0          |0          |0          |27         |2          |19         |8                      

1987        |18         |0          |0          |0          |0          |23         |1          |8          |15                     

1988        |29         |0          |0          |0          |0          |31         |0          |20         |11                     

1989        |20         |0          |0          |0          |0          |26         |1          |14         |12                     

1990        |34         |2          |0          |2          |0          |34         |3          |24         |10                     

1991        |28         |9          |1          |8          |1          |20         |2          |10         |10                     

1992        |26         |15         |2          |14         |1          |15         |0          |8          |7                      

1993        |16         |9          |1          |8          |1          |9          |2          |6          |3                      

1994<1>     |5          |4          |1          |2          |2          |1          |1          |1          |0                      

                                                                                                                                    

Department of Trade and Industry                                                                                                    

1986        |34         |10         |1          |7          |3          |26         |2          |17         |9                      

1987        |24         |3          |0          |2          |1          |21         |5          |14         |7                      

1988        |8          |2          |1          |1          |1          |10         |2          |3          |7                      

1989        |10         |4          |1          |3          |1          |9          |4          |5          |4                      

1990        |22         |5          |0          |3          |2          |18         |1          |15         |3                      

1991        |13         |5          |0          |4          |1          |13         |2          |4          |9                      

1992        |19         |11         |1          |9          |2          |19         |1          |2          |17                     

1993        |24         |11         |0          |8          |3          |14         |1          |12         |2                      

1994        |10         |6          |0          |5          |1          |4          |0          |2          |2                      

                                                                                                                                    

Foreign and Commonwealth Office                                                                                                     

1986        |20         |5          |3          |4          |1          |23         |10         |15         |8                      

1987        |12         |2          |1          |2          |0          |16         |9          |10         |6                      

1988        |27         |6          |0          |6          |0          |27         |9          |17         |10                     

1989        |21         |5          |2          |5          |0          |18         |6          |12         |6                      

1990        |13         |3          |2          |3          |0          |16         |9          |8          |8                      

1991        |20         |11         |3          |9          |2          |24         |9          |9          |15                     

1992        |13         |8          |4          |6          |2          |16         |14         |6          |10                     

1993        |18         |6          |2          |3          |3          |16         |5          |13         |3                      

1994<1>     |1          |0          |0          |0          |0          |1          |0          |1          |0                      

                                                                                                                                    

Departments of Health and Social Security                                                                                           

1986        |16         |5          |1          |5          |0          |37         |0          |10         |27                     

1987        |5          |1          |0          |1          |0          |4          |0          |3          |1                      

1988        |32         |10         |1          |8          |2          |23         |0          |20         |3                      

1989        |10         |0          |0          |0          |0          |10         |0          |10         |0                      

1990        |7          |3          |0          |3          |0          |7          |1          |2          |5                      

1991        |3          |1          |0          |1          |0          |2          |0          |2          |0                      

1992        |3          |1          |1          |1          |0          |2          |0          |2          |0                      

1993        |1          |1          |1          |1          |0          |1          |0          |1          |0                      

1994<1>     |0          |0          |0          |0          |0          |0          |0          |0          |0                      

                                                                                                                                    

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food                                                                                         

1986        |6          |1          |0          |1          |0          |5          |0          |3          |2                      

1987        |3          |0          |0          |0          |0          |3          |3          |2          |1                      

1988        |6          |1          |1          |1          |0          |6          |4          |4          |2                      

1989        |9          |3          |0          |3          |0          |9          |1          |4          |5                      

1990        |6          |2          |0          |2          |0          |7          |0          |4          |3                      

1991        |13         |1          |0          |1          |0          |12         |0          |6          |6                      

1992        |6          |0          |0          |0          |0          |6          |0          |4          |2                      

1993        |5          |3          |0          |0          |3          |2          |0          |0          |2                      

1994<1>     |0          |0          |0          |0          |0          |0          |0          |0          |0                      

                                                                                                                                    

Inland Revenue                                                                                                                      

1986        |3          |1          |1          |0          |1          |2          |1          |1          |1                      

1987        |1          |1          |1          |0          |1          |0          |0          |0          |0                      

1988        |4          |1          |1          |0          |1          |3          |1          |3          |0                      

1989        |3          |0          |0          |0          |0          |3          |0          |3          |0                      

1990        |11         |0          |0          |0          |0          |11         |0          |9          |2                      

1991        |4          |2          |0          |2          |0          |2          |0          |2          |0                      

1992        |7          |3          |0          |3          |0          |4          |0          |4          |0                      

1993        |3          |2          |0          |1          |1          |1          |0          |1          |0                      

1994<1>     |1          |0          |0          |0          |0          |1          |0          |0          |1                      

                                                                                                                                    

Others                                                                                                                              

1986        |12         |15         |0          |13         |2          |26         |5          |20         |6                      

1987        |10         |20         |2          |15         |5          |32         |3          |30         |2                      

1988        |11         |9          |1          |7          |2          |20         |4          |10         |10                     

1989        |29         |11         |1          |9          |2          |18         |3          |10         |8                      

1990        |20         |9          |2          |6          |3          |11         |3          |7          |4                      

1991        |22         |17         |3          |15         |2          |25         |4          |20         |5                      

1992        |28         |18         |0          |15         |3          |15         |5          |15         |0                      

1993        |20         |10         |1          |7          |3          |13         |6          |11         |2                      

1994<1>     |11         |6          |0          |5          |1          |5          |2          |5          |0                      

<1> to 31 March 1994.                                                                                                               

Advertising

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer of 2 March, Official Report, columns 767- 68, if he will publish the results of the analysis of applications received in respect of the 1994 charter mark scheme and the analysis of the responses and sales in respect of each HMSO campaign.

Mr. David Davis : We propose to conduct and publish research into the effectiveness and promotion of the 1994 charter mark scheme in the autumn after the awards are made.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer on 14 March, Official Report, column 488, which gives details of sales in respect of each HMSO campaign. Sales of British Standards Institution titles now exceed £200,000. Detailed analysis of the responses to each campaign are commercially confidential.

Research Establishments

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer of 21 March, Official Report, columns 87-96, what were the totals for (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland of (i) spending by publicly-funded research bodies on research establishments and (ii) numbers of staff employed ; and what each of those figures represents as a percentage of the United Kingdom total.


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Mr. David Davis : This information is not available in the form requested. The table gives a breakdown of total spending by research councils on their establishments for the period 1992-93 and the percentage each figure represents of the United Kingdom total.


                 |£ million|Per cent.          

-----------------------------------------------

England          |406.1    |87.7               

Wales            |17.1     |3.7                

Scotland         |39.6     |8.6                

Northern Ireland |0.1      |-                  

                 |---      |---                

  Total          |462.9    |100.0              

For details on the staffing of research council establishments, I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 21 March, Official Report, columns 87-96 .

Electronic Mail (Interception)

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what research has been sponsored by the Government scientific research grants into development of encryption technology to protect data transmitted by electronic mail from illicit interception.

Mr. Waldegrave : Research council funding has supported recent projects at five universities on the development of encryption technology, which have included work to protect data transmitted by electronic mail. The projects studied : the design and analysis of


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encryption algorithms, real-time compression and encryption of information in multi-media network, formal analysis of cryptographic protocols and finite automation cryptography. Funding has also been provided for a current project in the LINK personal communications programme on security studies for third generation mobile telecommunications systems.

Government Information

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on his evaluation of the likely time taken to provide information to inquirers who apply under his new code of practice on Government information in cases which are referred to the ombudsman for evaluation.

Mr. Waldegrave : This will vary from case to case, but the ombudsman has said that he hopes to be able to complete investigations of this nature in a matter of weeks.

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will set out the reasons for the exclusion of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee from the list of bodies covered by his code of practice on access to governmental information.

Mr. Waldegrave : Paragraph 6 of the code states that it applies to those Government Departments and other bodies within the jurisdiction of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, the ombudsman. The radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee is not within the ombudsman's jurisdiction and is not therefore covered by the code.

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Mr. Howarth) of 29 March, Official Report, columns 608-9, how many inquiries have been received at the telephone point mentioned to obtain copies of his code of practice on open government ; and what responses to his consultation on the draft code of practice led to the change made to paragraph 15 on statutory and other restrictions.

Mr. Waldegrave : Some 242 such inquiries had been received up to and including 15 April. The responses from the Campaign for Freedom of Information, published in its "Secrets" newspaper, the Consumers Association, the Guild of British Newspaper Editors and the Data Protection Registrar raised general issues about exemption (xv) of the draft code of practice which were taken into account in making the change described in my answer of 12 April, Official Report, column 26.

WALES

Consultants

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information technology consultants his Department has employed, for what purpose and at what total cost for each of the last five years.

Mr. Redwood : Details of the information technology consultants employed in financial years 1992-93 and 1993-94 are given in the following table. Information for previous years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Consultancies 1992-93 and Task--

JBA International PLC

To undertake a sizing analysis of the Department's financial systems.

The Government Centre for Information Systems (CCTA)

To undertake a Post Implementation Review of the Department's computerised financial systems.

Axsis

Welsh Office Communications study : Part 1.

DBI Associates

To produce an Information Systems Strategy for the Welsh Office Education Department.

NCC Consultancy

To review the Document logging and diary facilities in the Ministerial private office.

KPMG Management Consulting

To undertake a study into the future of the In-House Bureau mainframe system.

Computer Management Consultants

Study into the Department's future Office automation requirements. Axsis

Welsh office Communications study : Part 2.

Admiral Management Services

To undertake a review of security on the Department's computerised finance systems.

IPL

To undertake a Post Implementation Review of the Transport and Highways payment monitoring system.

Praxis PLC

To undertake a feasibility study regarding the development of a central information database for Her Majesty's School Inspectors in Wales.

Praxis PLC

To prepare a Project Initiation Document and Operational Requirement for an information database for Her Majesty's School Inspectors in Wales.

DMS

To prepare functional specification for a Management Informations System for the Department's Publicity Unit.

Softa and Company Limited

Publicity Unit Management Information System development. Software Personnel

Analysis of Software migration on Department's finance systems. SPS Limited

Analysis of requirement--Agent Authority Audit Trail.

Computacenter Limited

Installation support, IT equipment and software.

The total cost of IT consultancies in 1992-1993 was £357,822. Consultancies 1993-94 and Task

Safetynet PLC

To advise on the upgrade of the computer suite housing the Department's financial systems.

The Government Centre for Information Systems (CCTA)

To undertake a Post Implementation Review of the Department's Personnel Management system.

Computacenter Ltd

Computer network software support.


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JBA International Ltd

Time Recording System for Department's Legal Branch.

Software Personnel

Enhancements to Department's Finance Systems.

Software Personnel

Analysis and programming in relation to a software upgrade for the Department's Finance Systems.

AXSIS

Office Automation study.

Softa and Company Ltd

Publicity Unit, Management Information System.

ICL

DRS 6000 sizing exercise.

KOALA Publishing

Schedule of Ancient Monuments records.

The Government Centre for Information Systems (CCTA)

Operational Requirement for Central database, Office of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools (Wales).

EASAMS Ltd

Operational Requirement, Urban Affairs computer system.

Software Personnel

Grants and Subsidy payments system.

AXSIS

Computer Security and Support review.

Computacenter Ltd

Installation support for PCs, Peripherals and software.

BIS Applied Systems Ltd

To evaluate the need for a computerised record of manufacturing plants in Wales.

Ernst and Young

To advise on end of financial year procedures in relation to the Department's financial systems.

Consultancies 1992-93 and Task

Price Waterhouse

To undertake a scoping study for the Market Test of Welsh office Information Technology services.

Gower Business Systems

To undertake a study of the possible uses of Desk Top Publishing. Mouncey & Partners

To advise on the implementation of computer systems in Valuation Tribunal Offices.

MVA Systematica

To advise on the migration of the Department's Road Accident System from the In-House Bureau mainframe computer.

Easams Ltd.

To undertake a scoping study for the Valuation Tribunal integrated appeals system.


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